Jonas Eriksson will referee Arsenal’s clash with AC Milan, and Arsene Wenger’s side have a bit of history with the Swedish official.
The first was a home game against FC Schalke in 2012, which finished 2-0 to the away side. Eriksson gave twice as many bookings to Arsenal.
The second was a match in London against Borussia Dortmund the next year. It finished 2-1 to the Germans, with a major controversial incident helping the Bundesliga side to the win. The referee chose not to send off Robert Lewandowski for an elbow in Laurent Koscielny’s face, instead giving him a yellow. The Polish striker then scored the winner.
Meanwhile, AC Milan are undefeated under the referee. He controversially waved away two penalty claims for Barcelona when the two teams met at the San Siro. That Champions League quarter-final match ended 0-0.
It’s not the best omen that on a night where Arsenal need to avoid conceding two goals, they’re being refereed by someone who has overseen them letting two in on every occasion. Hopefully this time will be different, but we’ll have to wait and see on Thursday night.